Definition of unassuming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnəˈsjuːmɪŋ/


Not pretentious or arrogant; modest: he was an unassuming and kindly man
More example sentences
  • I have to say that he was a thoroughly nice bloke, genuinely modest and unassuming.
  • Her modest and unassuming manner is admirable and in a way is one of the reasons why the volunteers go out of their way to help.
  • As for Ken Morrison, I have twice fleetingly met him and found him to be a modest and unassuming person.
modest, self-effacing, humble, meek, mild, retiring, demure, restrained, reserved, withdrawn, reticent, diffident, shy, bashful, timid, timorous, shrinking, unconfident, insecure, unassertive;
unobtrusive, unostentatious, unpretentious, unaffected, natural, genuine, simple, artless, ingenuous



Pronunciation: /ˌʌnəˈsjuːmɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • He supported from a distance as he built a successful career, but in recent years he has emerged, quietly and unassumingly, as the biggest benefactor in the club's history.
  • You felt that it was him that quietly and unassumingly kept things together as both Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry seemed quite volatile characters.
  • Having forced herself never to ask for help, let alone admit to needing it, Beck was awed when help repeatedly was offered to her, quietly and unassumingly.


Example sentences
  • This stood out: for its idiosyncrasy and scrupulousness, for its thoughtful rebellion against unthinking unassumingness.
  • Cornelius slightly raises his brows and makes his son a little bow - indicative of the unassumingness and self-abnegation that befits his age.
  • The Puffy Chair would never presume so much, and it's in that unassumingness that this little charmer wins your heart, even as it's breaking it.

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